Israel Starts Tonight Its Anniversary Celebrations; Greets U.S. Jewry

The celebrations of Israel’s seventh anniversary of independence will begin with great public balls tomorrow night in all parts of the country.

On Thursday, the armed forces will parade in the major cities, displaying their latest weapons on the land and in the air. The number of tourists arriving from abroad to participate in and witness the Independence Day celebrations hit a record high this year, with EI Al planes alone bringing in 2,000.

Israel Premier Moshe Sharett cabled today to the Zionist Organization of America a special anniversary message stating: “We look back with satisfaction and pride at our achievements whilst we look into the future and tasks ahead of us with confidence and faith. Israel has not only grown in population in these years but is immeasurably stronger than she was seven years ago. These achievements are not ours alone but represent the combined and united efforts of Jews everywhere, especially in the United States, dedicated to the historic task of Israel’s statehood.”

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